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Long Beach High School Places First in Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Contact Martha Duvall - 228.872.4254   

A team of Long Beach High School students took first place in the regional ocean sciences bowl at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Feb. 7.

Long Beach Team A, coached by Hale Switzer, included Warren Hem, Chris Petty, Casey Small and Daniel Sween. Switzer’s team will compete against winners from 24 other regional sites at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 25-27.

The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center, located at GCRL since Hurricane Katrina, hosted 17 teams of high school students from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. The central gulf coast competition—the Hurricane Bowl— is a rapid-fire question and answer competition focusing on ocean sciences.

The regional competition is part of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB®), a program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

Other winners included second – Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Fla.; third – Oneonta High School Team A, Oneonta, Ala.; fourth – Navarre High School Team A, Navarre, Fla.; and fifth – Niceville High School, Niceville, Fla.

The winner of the Sportsmanship Award was Comeaux High School Team A,  of Lafayette, La.

The regional and national events include question and answer “buzzer” rounds, team-challenge questions, educational field trips and social activities that encourage interaction among student peers and marine scientists. For more information on the competition or to view sample quiz questions, visit

Long Beach High Team A, (left to right) coach Hale Switzer, Warren Hem, Chris Petty, Casey Small and Daniel Sween took first place at the annual ocean sciences bowl held this year at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. The team will head to Washington, D.C. in April to compete against 24 other regional winners in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. (submitted photo) 

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